Friday, March 27, 2009

Living LARGE...

I owe a HUGE apology to my Uppercase Living friends...Sorry Ladies...

They sent me this info FOREVER ago. So here it is!! You still have a chance to take advantage of the sale, but act FAST!!!
This is from the Wall Woman who is currently in Minnesota, but has no problem traveling back to Indy:
Happy Spring! Buy One, Get One ½ Off!Just when you thought Buy One, Get One ½ off was just for shoes!Purchase any item between now and April 6, and you’ll get ½ off any additional item of equal or lesser value.*Choose from any of our fabulous accessories, exclusive expressions, or even a MyDesign™ — there’s no limit to the ways you can enhance your home, or the number of ½ off items you can get!Don’t miss your chance to Buy One, Get One ½ off, contact me or place your order online today! List your items in descending price order. Every other one is half off. You don't have to get the two inexpensive ones marked down. Isn't that great?Offer ends April 6, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. This is available to guests at your show, too. Let me know if you are interested in booking & earn a little more in free and reduced product.REMEMBER - THE CATALOG IS VIEWABLE ONLINE! You may purchase actual catalogs or receive one free by booking a show.

Need teachers gifts??? See the pictures below for some cute ideas. Put something fun on a glass block, tile, or painted board. We now sell many of these accessories to make it even easier for you to make “portable” designs- great for gifts!

If you have been contemplating joining my Uppercase Living team, let me give you a great reason to do so. If you join by the end of March, I'll give you an extra pack of catalogs to share with your friends and family as you begin to get the "word" out that you are going to help them put words on their walls. J Call me for more information or read about it on the website.

Susie Leeke
Senior Director/Uppercase Living
CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE: cell: 317-374-5322 home: 952-236-8739

This is from Chris who is here in Indy:
For all you deal lovers...Uppercase Living is offering Buy One Design/Get one 1/2 Price thru April 6th! This includes My Design custom designs! How many BOGO can you do? As many as you want!

For instance: purchase 6 designs, pay regular price for 3 & 1/2 price for 3. The only stipulation: your 1/2 price design must be equal or lesser value than the regular price item.

ALSO, if your order is over $50 you may choose a Free Design from the bottom of the monthly Special page. (Spend $75 choose 2 Free Designs, $100 choose 3 Free Designs!)

Be sure to visit my website to view the catalog plus 100 additional designs that are not included in the regular catalog! Happy shopping! Chris Alstott Uppercase Living Independent Demonstrator(317) 446-5134
If you are unfamiliar with Uppercase Living...let me tell you...It ROCKS!!! Go to the website and check out the unique things that you can do with it. Also contact either Chris or Susie and they can email you actual photos from projects that they have done. You will be impressed!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Confessions of a BLACK girl...

I guess you can say that I have been in denial for MANY, MANY, MANY years...but today I have decided to come out of the closet and confess...I am a BLACK girl. Many of you have known me for years and are probably asking yourself..."Is she could she be just now finding out that she is a 'black girl?'" Well, my friends, denial is a POWERFUL thing!!

Well I guess, I have probably always known it but was afraid to admit it. It is sometimes difficult to embrace your inner "blackness." I have been fighting it for almost 40 years. I have been told by many that "the truth shall set you free." Well I want to be free and to share my "blackness" with everyone.

I have no idea why I have always thought that being a "black" girl is bad...but I have. As I approach 40, I have decided to put aside my childish ways and embrace my life as it embrace my inner "blackness." With age comes wisdom...

So here it is...The Confession of a BLACK Girl...
I would like to thank all of you who have supported me over the years, those of you who have known me forever and those of you whom I encounter from day to day. It is my hope and prayer that your feelings for me will not change when I open up and share one of my deepest and darkest secret...(quick prayer: Dear Lord You have created me in all of Your splendid grace and glory. I have made many friends over the years and You have blessed me with a wonderful supportive family and husband. Please Lord let them not think less of me as I open up and confess one of my deepest darkest secret. Lord please allow them to continue to accept me as I am...~amen) it goes...My favorite color is...uhmm...well...BLACK!! feels good to have said it...It seems like my oldest daughter, Nicole ,is ALWAYS asking me my favorite color and each time she asks, I tell her a different color. Well today I would like to go on record before God and the world and announce that "I AM A BLACK GIRL!" Black is my FAVORITE color. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the color BLACK.

I guess, since most of my wardrobe consists of black, I should not be surprised by my fascination with this color. But, I must admit, I find it difficult to tell people that it is my favorite color. I think what draws me to it the most is that it can be whatever you want it to be! It can be formal:

It can be Girly:

It can be Casual:

It can be Serene:

It can be Mod:

It can be Minimal:

In short...Black is BEAUTIFUL and it can be whatever you want it to be. So next time you are looking for just the right color to complete a room or an outfit...Try something Black. You too might be "BLACK" at heart. Don't wait 39 years to discover this beautiful color like I did...Embrace your inner blackness TODAY...So...the next time that you are out and about and you see something "black" and beautiful...send me a pic. I would love to share it with my readers.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sorry...I'm Baaaaack...

Hi all,

I owe you guys a HUGE apology...I have not blogged in FOREVER!!! I just want to let you all know why I have not been around.

About a month and a half ago my 11 year old son Alexander was given the opportunity of a lifetime!! He was recommended to audition for a play at Warren Central High School. Well, he auditioned and he got the part!! Needless to say...We were all VERY excited. The rehearsal schedule was fine up until last week and I could still squeeze a post or two in, but last week...that all changed.

Last week we had dress rehearsal from 5:00pm until 9:30pm Monday(3/9) through Wednesday(3/11). Now, in and of itself, dress rehearsal is not what kept me busy. What kept me BUSY were the meals that we provided on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the cast and crew. We fed 40 people each night. Can you imagine?? Cooking for six people is hard for 40 was a little intimidating, to say the least. When I cook for my family, it's easy, because I know what they like. Cooking for 40 people that you have only been around for five weeks is SCARY beyond belief! And, to make matters worse, these were 40 people age 18 and younger! Now we all know how fickled young folks can be...

Well...let me tell you...these were the most MANNERABLE, RESPECTFUL and WONDERFUL young men and women that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!! They were grateful for EVERYTHING that we did for them. It was AMAZING!!! I thank God for their families and for them. They have renewed my faith in the youth of today!! I went in with very few expectations and came out IMPRESSED beyond measure. I do TRULY hope and pray that my children grow up to be as well mannered, talented and appreciative as they were/are.

I would like to thank EVERYONE who was affiliated with this production for allowing me and my son to be a part of it. In particular I would like to thank Gabe for giving Alexander this opportunity and Angie for letting me help her with the food.

For me to say that this is an experience that I will never an understatement. This is an experience that I will ALWAYS remember and replay in my mind. It is an experience that has given me GREAT joy and pleasure. It was an experience that has shown me that there are some truly wonderful young people still left in this world!!

It is not uncommon to turn on the television and see a story about a young man/woman who has murdered a parent or a sibling or went on a killing rampage in their high school. These stories get soooooo much press/air time that one often forgets that there are young adults out there who are doing the right thing. I just wanted to take this opportunity to share with you my experiences with a REMARKABLE group of young-uns' who are focused, determined, college bound, inspiring, EXTREMELY gifted/talented, respectful and awe inspiring (quick prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for allowing me to experience these beautiful children. Through them my faith in mankind has been renewed. Please Lord be with each and every one of them forever and always. Please Lord keep them focused on their goals and help the realize that with You and You ONLY...ALL things are possible. Dear Lord, I am crying I think I had better say amen and be done before I short out my keyboard with my tears...I am such a baby...~amen).

The play, A Raisin in the Sun, opened on Thursday, March 12, 2009...and it was a HUGE success!! From the first word to the last, we were transformed into the past. We were moved!! These young men and women put on a Tony award winning performance!! They were so committed to their roles that the words just came naturally. This play was a labor of their love of theatre and their love/respect for their director. The play was so good that I forgot that this was a high school production! Each actor truly owned and embraced his/her character. Lorraine Hansberry and Sidney Poitier would have been proud!

It would be hard for me to pick out one character in particular as the "star," but being a mama myself...I would have to say that Ms. C. Williams was an AWESOME Lena Younger. She was TRULY the glue that held her family together!! Mr. I. Miles was Walter Lee and his wife Ruth was played by Ms. S. Penny. They acted just like an "old" married couple!! Benetha was played by Angie's girl Ms. T. Watkins (the African dancing was a sight to behold). Young mister Travis was played by my boy Alexander (as loud as this child is at home, we could barely hear him on stage). Karl Lindner was played by Mr. B. Bowers (he made discrimination seem almost pleasant). Mr. A. Snowden played the part of Joseph Asagai and he had the BEST accent EVER!! Mr. J. L. Lancaster played George Murchinson (LOVED the spray painted white shoes J.L.) and Bobo was played by Mr. M. McCaskill (he did his final performance on crutches, talk about being dedicated...). The three moving men were played by Mr. D. Peloney, Mr. C. Mills and Mr. X. Ingram ( I have never seen boxes moved so wonderfully in my whole life).

Although I spent most of my time with the cast...there were some TOTALLY AWESOME crew members too. This production could not been successful without them. All of the acting in the world is no good without proper costumes, lighting, sound, props and a set. Thanks guys and girls. A play is only as good as its behind the scenes my NEVER to be humble opinion.

Remember these names...because I truly believe that there is MUCH more to come from them in the future! They are the Engineers, Doctors and Lawyers of tomorrow. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to be able to say, "I knew them when..."


PS. GH...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not leave WC until after Travis has graduated in 2016...PLEASE???? I know that seems like FOREVER, but really it's not. You know what they say, "Time flies when you are having fun," and I know for sure that you are having FUN!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sites Worthy of Your Consideration

This may or may not become a regular feature on my is a site that I think EVERYONE should know about.

The site is called Tip Junkie and it is a wealth of information!! And you can get some really great information about contests and giveaways on this site. Every prize is valued at $25.00 or more and all giveaways end within 7 days. Normally, you have to do very little to enter.

You can check back daily for new giveaways or you can subscribe and updates will automatically come your way.
I plan to announce all of my future giveaways here as
well as on my blog.

Enjoy and Good Luck!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

And the Winner Is......

I am proud to announce the winner of my very FIRST and DEFINITELY NOT last contest!!

Drum roll please...The winner is...

kbo said...
MLK - can we all get along?
February 27, 2009 11:12 AM

My 6 year old daughter Noel made this pin in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the theme is unity among the races. Congratulation KBO!! I now need you to email me with your address so that I can send you your prizes. Please send you information to

I am so happy that you would think I won something. I enjoyed this soooooo much that I am going to run one every couple of weeks!! This was an easy one, I can guarantee you that the next one will be more difficult. You are going to have to work for these prizes...

Thanks to all who entered...Better luck next time,


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Contest Prize Pictures they are!! The prizes for my first contest.

The total combined value is over $40.00.

Some of the above items were made by me(valentines day bucket, flower purse mirror, 3 bottles of my liquid laundry detergent). I have also included some of my FAVORITES(lemon girl scout cookies, cute cheap frames, 2 year photo planner with pen set).

And the best prize of all...

A multi colored stone bracelet watch made by little ole' me!! It wraps around your wrist. It is a bracelet and a watch in one.

Good Luck and the winner will be announced soon...


House Keeping...

Here are a few house keeping items...

1. Liquid laundry detergent-As I have said before...I have been making my own detergent for over a year now and there is one thing that I forgot to tell you. I have noticed and you will too, that sometimes the detergent is EXCESSIVELY is like a solid glob. I have determined that this happens for one or two reasons:

1. Temperature: If it is cold in my house, it tends to be VERY jelly- ish and sometimes difficult to stir.
2. Soap: Since I measure and grate my own bar, I sometimes get more soap than I need. When I do, it comes out very thick and jelly-esq.

The solution to super thick jelly-ish detergent is stirring. If you stir it well, it will still be lumpy but pourable. Another solution is the addition of a store brought detergent. I normally will add 1 or 2 quarts to mine and it gives it a smoother consistency.

2. The prizes, for the contest) are ready to be photographed. I will post the pictures of them tonight.

I think that is all for now...


Monday, March 2, 2009


Prizes are coming soon...I promise...I have most of them out, I just need to get a picture of them and post them...

Thanks...and SORRY for the delay.

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